PAT ISSUES ALERT ON MARIJUANA AND VAPE PRODUCTS

PREVENTION ALLIANCE OF TENNESSEE ISSUES ALERT ON MARIJUANA AND VAPE PRODUCTS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Prevention Alliance of Tennessee issues an alert after several instances of marijuana and vape products have led to illness, hospitalization, and in some cases, death.

6 deaths and nearly 500 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 33 states are suspected to be related to the practice of vaping marijuana oil rather than nicotine. Some state health department and news reports suggest many of the cases of lung problems have involved tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes psychological effects.

Winchester Police Department officials warned the public in June of a potentially deadly batch of marijuana laced with fentanyl. Several overdose calls took place in a short amount of time, and two of those calls in the area were related to marijuana that included fentanyl. With the help of Narcan, first responders saved three of the overdose victims.

The public is asked to stay aware and be conscious of the dangers of illicit drugs. When substances are purchased illegally, there is no regulation as to what chemicals may or may not be included in the substance. Every drug purchased illegally runs the risk of being laced with chemicals that could potentially cause increased intoxication, illness or death.

If you are legally prescribed a substance, you are requested to purchase it from your pharmacy and use only as directed. If you know someone who may be exhibiting overdose symptoms, please call 911 immediately. If you or someone you love needs education on prevention, you can contact the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee to locate a coalition in your area. If you suspect that someone you love may be suffering from substance use disorder, please call the Tennessee REDLINE at 1.800.889.9789.

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